A founding member of DesignFlow, Chris got involved after completing his undergraduate degree at Plymouth (achieving 1st Class Honours), a time during which he was awarded both the IMechE Frederic Barnes Waldron ‘Best Student’ Prize and IMechE Best Final Year Project Prize on the strength of his work using CFD software to assess the process of fuel and air mixing in a Lean-Premixed Gas Turbine known to suffer with poor stability of combustion.
Before studying, Chris spent 5 years as an aircraft technician in the Royal Air Force, with time spent on active first line squadrons and also in more in depth 2nd line servicing and repair environments. This combination of practical and theoretical ability gives Chris the ability to not only see a problem as an exercise in theory but to place it in its wider ‘engineering’ context.
Chris has been heavily involved in all of DesignFlow's commercial projects, including applying computational tools to the assessment of building aerodynamics and marine propeller performance, the development of bespoke software to model a post-manufacture cleaning process for bundles of precision tubes and the design, build and calibration of an experimental test-bed for the feasibility assessment of a water flow control valve.
Alongside his commercial work, Chris is also leading the development of innovative low-drag hand-cycle footrests for use by world-class paralympian Liz McTernan. Having supervised a group of MEng students in the development of a computational model able to assess the effect of changing key design parameters, the next step is to develop the optimum footrest with the ultimate aim of using the final design during the Rio Paralympics in 2016.